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Hancock (2008)

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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Vincent Ngo (as Vy Vincent Ngo), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... John Hancock
Charlize Theron ... Mary
Jason Bateman ... Ray
Jae Head ... Aaron
Eddie Marsan ... Red
David Mattey ... Man Mountain
Maetrix Fitten ... Matrix
Thomas Lennon ... Mike
Johnny Galecki ... Jeremy
Hayley Marie Norman ... Hottie
Dorothy Cecchi Dorothy Cecchi ... Woman in Dive Bar
Michelle Lemon Michelle Lemon ... Girl at Bus Bench
Akiva Goldsman ... Executive
Michael Mann ... Executive
Brad Leland ... Executive
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Storyline

The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet the superhero everybody loves to hate. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Hancock See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,603,879, 6 July 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$227,946,274, 7 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,386,746
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Jonathan Mostow pulled out of the project in May 2006, Gabriele Muccino, who previously directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), was attached in to direct. While Pursuit was being edited, Smith went to work on I Am Legend (2007). By October 2006, Muccino left the project due to an incompatibility to the story, allowing Peter Berg to come on as director. See more »

Goofs

When Ray is waiting in traffic on the train tracks, he talks on a cell phone at his left ear, then ends the conversation. In a later long shot, the phone is still at his left ear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Police Officer: All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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Crazy Credits

A scene after the credits start to roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended cut was released on DVD and Blu-Ray featuring several additional and modified scenes. The additional scenes include, but are not limited to: Hancock bringing a girl to his trailer to have sex, Mary Embrey driving to Hancock's trailer instead of flying there, and Hancock getting off a prison bus while chained to other prisoners whom he drags behind him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Teacher Week 5 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Colors
Written by Ice-T and Afrika Islam
Performed by Ice-T
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I guess some people just can't take a switch in tone.
5 July 2008 | by The_Dead_SeeSee all my reviews

I've read a lot of the reviews here complaining about the film flagging in its final act. I respectfully disagree.

Hancock is most definitely DIFFERENT in it's last half - it drops off the comedy significantly and introduces some fascinating superhero mythology that is almost like an ancient Greek myth in its context. It also introduces some pretty tense and violent moments that really made me wonder if they should be marketing it as the kid-friendly summer blockbuster that they are. However, both halves have their own merits - the first being the humour, and the second being the (almost tragic) origin mythos. I suspect if you are prepared for the switch in tone, rather than shocked when it arrives, you might enjoy Hancock as much as I did.


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